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10 Hello

Why we live in the Pacific Northwest, dreary bits and all. And, introducing GRAY’s new editor, Rachel Gallaher.

16 News

It’s almost spring, which means it’s time for home and garden shows galore.

20 Interiors

A Good Chick to Know creates a contemporary, light-filled home for a busy family.

38 Color

Color-predicting phenom Leatrice Eiseman chooses emerald for the color of the year.

40 Travel

Munge & Leung designs four unique rooms for a smashing Vancouver, B.C., restaurant.

28 Raves

48 Shopping

Rounding up jaw-dropping showstoppers perfect for your stylin’ home.


33 Décor

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Design destinations in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., worthy of a discerning traveler’s weekend away.

Pack your bags for some end of-winter adventures with our travel-accessory finds.

52 Inspired

Urban atmospheres stir two artisans to design with an edge.

56 Fashion

After going round the world and back, Gaya’s creative director makes handbags with a global influence.

74 Who

Marie Khouri sculpts her way to success and personal fulfillment.

76 Architecture

For Seattle’s Glass Distillery, the housing for the vodka making matters just as much as the housing for the vodka. Enter Hinge Studio.

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78 Concept

Lancaster Design Group makes plane interiors for VIPs just as swanky as their earthbound dwellings.

79 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

81 Tech

Whether Nike shoes or TDK headphones, your next purchase might just have Portland’s design studio INDUSTRY behind it.

82 Zodiac

58 Life Journal

A Portland husband and wife are weekend treasure hunters, so Melody Emerick of Portland’s Emerick Architects remodeled their home into a personal exhibition space.

66 Tranquil


Kelly Deck of Kelly Deck Design helped turn a dark house into a light-filled space with a view of Lion’s Bay.

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Calling all Mitchells to step forward. GRAY’s editors are working on a story about you! Because we can. If you’re part of the design community or a subscriber or Facebook fan of GRAY and your first/last/middle or biz name contains “Mitchell,” then give Rachel a shout.

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’m a Pacific Northwest geek. I blame my parents—well, their parents really. My ancestors were among the first pioneers to set up shop in southern Oregon, helping to design a community and sense of family among new friends. A great-grandmother, crowned “Mother Queen of Oregon” (truth, I come from royalty), penned the journal Dauntless Pioneers, telling of her trailblazing into Oregon and homesteading in what would become Ashland. Not that people haven’t been through modern-day tribulations, but really, can you imagine leaving a life of wealth and comfort, traveling across the country in extreme conditions, at times miserable and devastated, and nearly reaching your breaking point when at last you arrive home to a ... forest? No shelter, no warm cabin. Start chopping, gotta get these walls up before sundown. And then to stay. Seriously, stay. And love it. Why? Because inspiration abounds in our corner of the world. We’re a unique breed, those who live here. We have a tendency to appreciate hand-crafted, thoughtful details, and we’re simply giddy about the beauty of rough-hewn edges and the pattern of raindrops beading up on windows. More than those who live elsewhere, it seems, we are obsessed, cliché or no, with bringing the outdoors in. Each issue, GRAY’s editors and writers—who are inspiring in their own right—pan the region for the most inspirational designs they can find. They take pride in delivering authentic content filled with thoughtful details. Much due in no small part to my friend and the magazine’s former editor Angela Cabotaje, who stepped in to collaborate on defining what the magazine would be about, as well as its standards and tone. Hand-picked, über-talented Rachel Gallaher has been working alongside her from the beginning, which is why I’m thrilled to announced that Rachel is now taking the lead in her stead as editor of GRAY. Drop her a line to say hello, especially if your name is Mitchell (see note at left). In the meantime, please devour the issue. And I hope if you’re particularly inspired by someone or something you see here that you’ll let them know. Resources are listed in the back of the magazine and I’m sure they’d love receiving kudos from you. Enjoy!


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Tour de Force

Three distinctive dining rooms and a sexy bar transform the eating experience into visual theater at Vancouver’s inimitable Hawksworth Restaurant Written by stacy kendall


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OPPOSITE: Fuchsia Tolix stools sit beneath a one-of-a-kind glass Turkish light fixture in Sonia’s office. The designer hand painted orange detailing on the wall. THIS PAGE: A new, organized mudroom replaced a formerly crowded storage area. The dark wood bench echoes the overhead beams in the living room, and another fixture from France provides optional light.

LOCATION Hawksworth Restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia 801 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.


client: David Hawksworth/Delta Land Development

interiors: Munge Leung DESIGN TEAM

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Known as the Pearl Room, this space is an homage to the hotel’s first glamorous heyday. The shimmering Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier was custom-designed by Munge Leung and manufactured by LASVIT. The Venetian plaster wall relief, custom-designed by Munge Leung and a graphic artist and manufactured by Colourfield, incorporate mother of pearl dust, silver and gold leaf, and hand-carved resin cherry blossoms. Dining tables, chairs, and banquette seating throughout the restaurant were custom-designed by Munge Leung and manufactured by Carmel Furniture Designs.

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this page: The ground-level restaurant has significant curb appeal, and every room has an exquisite view of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Opposite: The Hawksworth wine list focuses on hand-picked, boutique, and less ubiquitous wineries. The knife, fork, and spoon “H” is the restaurant’s playful emblem.


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hen the Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver, B.C., first opened in 1927 the hotel catered to its celebrity clientele with elegant design, an exciting social scene, and inevitably a focus on the customer experience that was unique to a bygone era.

The modern hodgepodge of dining options vying for the public’s attention is often a cacophony of misguided trends and gimmicks that become tired quickly after emerging on the scene. Not Hawksworth Restaurant.Chef David Hawksworth’s first namesake restaurant was part of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s extensive renovation directed by Toronto-based design firm Munge Leung. The timeless space expertly references the past and present, and chef Hawksworth’s awardwinning menu offers exciting, meticulously composed plates of Canadian-inspired cuisine, for a crowd that expects the best, but without all the trappings of the traditional, fussy upscale eateries. Welcome back to compelling dining. The client experience as a whole was the driving force behind the collaboration between chef Hawksworth and Munge

Leung. Managing Partner Alessandro Munge and his team imagined a restaurant atmosphere that emanated subtle elegance, but remained vibrant and magnetic to a diverse group of patrons. Munge and Hawksworth traveled to New York and Europe together—Munge gathering notes on design, Hawksworth, on food. “It was an amazing collaboration,” says Munge. “We got to know eachother on a personal level and that helped us envision where we wanted to take it [the design and cusine].” An important similarity between Munge and Hawksworth was their affection for art. Serious Art. Art lovers might recognize the Damien Hirst silkscreen, “Big Love with Diamond Dust,” hanging in the bar, or the drawing by Vancouverite Brian Boulton. One doesn’t have to be a member of the art

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left: Design partners Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung established their eponymous design studio in 1997. Right: The bar, like all the fixtures and furniture in Hawksworth, was designed by Munge Leung with graceful curves and crisp lines that bring a harmonious aesthetic balance. It is upholstered in rich leather, wrapped in chrome, and topped with granite from Spain.

cognoscenti, though, to notice and appreciate the huge installation by internationally renowned Vancouver artist Rodney Graham. The choice of the custom piece shows tremendous maturity in design to have paired such a dynamic work of art with the refined, sepia-tinted hues of the fabrics and finishes in the dining room. Each room, the Bar Lounge, the central Pearl Room, the Art Room, and the York Room give diners distinct experiences that are united by the careful consideration of timeless design. Munge Leung was responsible for the hotel’s entire remodel, and they looked to the building’s past to give it its second life. Munge says, “This place belongs to Vancouver, and we wanted to give it back to the city—to give them something with staying


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power.” Munge Leung designed every chair, table and fixture in the 3,000-square-foot restaurant, creating a sophisticated tableau for chef Hawksworth’s inspired contemporary dishes. But the atmosphere isn’t stuffy or morose. Munge says he’s seen the spectrum of patron’s styles go from executive to baseball caps, and all seem comfortable together. To further the notion that the restaurant isn’t just a birthdays and anniversaries establishment, the four dining rooms create a sense of excitement that you’ll never be seated in the same spot twice, giving the diner a different vantage point every time. “It can feel each time like a different place,” Munge says. “And after the first couple of times, you will get a sense of where your ‘seat’ is.”

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from left: The ceiling above the bar is sculpted plaster that was done on-site with Munge’s guiding freehand drawings. The organic shape lends subtle movement to the space as another piece of art. Earth-hued marble in the bathroom echoes the restaurant’s rich, full-bodied color palette. The custom installation by Rodney Graham (Graham dined in chef Hawksworth’s former restaurant once a week), is titled “Psychomania,” is inspired by and named for the 1970s cultclassic British zombie film. The banquette sofas in the Bar are just one of the many types of seating options that create different experiences for patrons each time they dine at Hawksworth.

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Top That

Careful, your other furniture may get jealous when you can’t stop staring at the new Craver Tables by CASTE Design. Carved from American walnut in the company’s Montana studio, the table is available in three sizes in any combination of stained or natural wood, with polished or darkened bronze bases. For contemporary elegance and unique details, this table’s tops. Available to the trade at Jennifer West, Seattle,

boom Sometimes you just see something, and it impacts you like a Mack Truck.

Other times, something’s effect is more like the gust of wind created by a passing Vespa. Not all elements of design have to have a wow factor; they can creep up on you with their beauty. These aren’t those. Written by stacy kendall


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Designed by Damaris & Marc, the Menhir Rug by Ligne Roset is all kinds of cool. Available in blue and brown colorways, this geometric beauty is the ideal accessory for the contemporary space. Magic carpets do exist. Also pictured: Mortaise bookshelf and occasional table, and Plate table lamp. Menhir Rug, $1,335 at Ligne Roset, Seattle,

Light Fantastic

Portland’s renowned glass studio has produced simple glass pendants designed by artist Justin Parker in two sizes and three colors—sky blue, persimmon, and eco-black. With custom colors welcomed, there’s no ceiling to the delightful possibilities. Simple Pendant Light, $350–$699 at Esque Studio, Portland,

Secret Garden

Tired of the typical in throw pillows? We bet you’ve never seen them like this before. Icelandic born, Londonbased artist Kristjana S. Williams creates fantastical creatures and landscapes for her stable of design accessories, inspired by Victorian engravings. Purpura Vallis Cotton Cushion Cover by Kristjana S. Williams, $168 at Örling & Wu, Vancouver,

Candlestick Maker

Like the design version of a chooseyour-own-adventure book, stunning wood- and-lacquered-steel candlesticks allow you to craft your own combination of shapes. Handmade in France, each hornbeam “pearl” is made of eight rearrangeable pieces so you can stack them any which way. Les Perles Candlesticks, by Y’a Pas Feu au Lac, $78 each at Woonwinkle, Portland,

Now Hear This

Usually, we couldn’t care less about a speaker system—it’s typically not on the design radar. But the new BIG JAMBOX from Jawbone (big sister to their original, smaller JAMBOX from a couple of years ago) is definitely something we’d like to see on our shelf. It’s smart design—no wires attached. $299 at various locations,


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In the living room, white walls and moulding create a fresh background for vivid Osborne & Little wallpaper in Arizona print, and vintage swimming lockers found at Space Lab serve as a space to hold a busy toddler’s toys. A vintage Nelson Bubble Lamp (also from Space Lab) hangs unobtrusively in center of the room, adding light and glamour to the mostly modern space.


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A Vancouver, B.C., couple enlists interior decorator Jennifer Scott to create a contemporary, light-filled home for them and their son. Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by TRACEY AYTON

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decorator: Jennifer Scott, A Good Chick to Know contractor: Weststar Restoration and Contracting Services custom woodwork: ShopWrong


with a two-year-old can get busy. So when

a young couple in Vancouver, B.C., moved into a beautiful vintage apartment downtown, it’s no surprise that the wife wanted clean rooms and toddler-friendly details in their new light-filled space. Interior decorator Jennifer Scott of A Good Chick to Know, the mother of a young daughter herself, understood exactly what the family wanted. Keeping the original details of the building—oak trim, crown moulding, and stained glass windows—Scott designed a sophisticated space full of cheerful colors, industrial touches, and plenty of creative storage solutions. Before the design team jumped into designing the furnishings, they helped direct a major renovation.


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Weststar Restoration and Contracting Services stripped the kitchen and washroom down to the studs, and updated both with bright white tones, classic subway tile, and shiny stainless steel details, as well as IKEA cabinets and reclaimed wood shelving from ShopWrong. New stainless steel appliances and a butcher-block island were added in the kitchen to provide space for meal prep. Vintage knob pulls were installed to dot the drawers and cabinets and create aesthetic harmony in the kitchen, as a contrast to the clean modern look. Then the team got down to decorating. In a smaller home—the apartment is about 1,600 square feet— it’s important to make every inch count. White walls (which appear throughout the project) reflect natural light from large windows and serve as a fresh

OPPOSITE: The colors are subtle in the living room, but texture packs a big punch. In a corner window nook, silvery gray pillows await an afternoon reader, while a Fiore pendant light from CB2 stands ready for those extra-gray days; in the kitchen stainless steel appliances pick up the shine from the tiles, and a butcherblock workspace adds a rustic touch. THIS PAGE: Playful vignettes of objects pop up around the house, such as a vintage bar cart from ReFind Home Furnishings holds books, and a wire-backed shelving unit holds knickknacks— Jennifer Scott used mason jars for eyecatching organization.

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THIS PAGE: In the office, a custom desk from Clint Moroz of Space Lab keeps company with two vintage chairs and a modern Satellite pendant from CB2. The Lava Dot rug, also from CB2, keeps things cozy. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A vintage

mint-green scale gets a new life as a bookkeeper. Texture and pattern mix perfectly in this unconventional book display; A Caesarstone top and bottom were added to this vintage vanity, and the Asunden basket from IKEA can hold multiple towels. The Lovers clawfoot tub from Home Idol Building Supplies is no longer available, but the old-world charm and bright white color palette are easy inspiration.

background for neutral furniture and bright accents such as the coral-and-gray floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little. Behind the modular two-piece Pekoe sectional from EQ3 (the clients wanted a room centered around quality time spent together, not a TV), Scott placed two vintage green shelves, then stacked a selection of the homeowners’ books in horizontal stacks, creating a surprising pop of color and an unexpected visual twist. A vintage swimming locker provides storage— lower shelves are easy to reach; perfect for toys and tiny hands. More antique details run throughout the home: hanging cut-glass light fixtures in the hallway, midcentury furniture, and a clawfoot bathtub. And mirroring her approach in the living room, Scott opted to use books as décor in a majority of the rooms, stacking them in thoughtful arrangements, or using colorful covers and spines for pops of color. (According to Scott, the family loves to read.) Of course, surfaces were kept durable yet stylish so the whole family can enjoy every room in the house. “This project goes back to the ideas of creating a family home,” Scott says. “Working in a smaller space can be difficult, especially if there are children, so we really wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing look that was still functional.”


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décor “This family loves to read, so we played with the idea of using books as decor rather than trying to find cabinets and places to store them all.” —Jennifer Scott, A Good Chick to Know

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We can’t deny that our favorite shade is gray, but ever since Pantone

announced emerald as the 2013 color of the year, we’ve been focused on all things green. From the deepest forest tone to the lightest spring shade, the new year has a fresh crop of exciting products in every hue of verde. A few Emerald City experts weighed in, and they agree that the Pantone pick is an absolute gem. Interior designer Kelie Grosso says,“For me, emerald evokes luxury, old world glamour, and rich tradition … all things I love to see in design! My hope is that people will embrace more color in Seattle and move away from the safety of browns and neutrals.” Leatrice Eiseman, who helped choose the color as executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says,“I love the fact that Seattle is known as the Emerald City. It evokes the sparkle that this city has— it is not always gray here! I think that emerald has that Wizard of Oz kind of vibe—a magical destination.”


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Pantone, Emerald Green, Color of the Year 2013

1. Christopher Farr Carnival Fabric through the Dixon Group, Seattle, 2. Toobe Light, $700 at Hip, Portland, 3. Platform Bed, $699-$1,099 at Room & Board, Seattle, 4. Tillary Sofa, (US) $799-$1,798 at West Elm, Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle, 5. Faux Zebra Rug, starting at $299.95 at Z Gallerie, Redmond, 6. Flos Piani Table Lamp, $319 at Hive Modern, Portland,



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travel Sometimes life takes us to unexpected places, and sometimes it only takes us for one day. So if by chance you are going to be in Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver, B.C, and you want to make every minute count, kindly take our suggestions for some of the not-to-be-missed design destinations in each city. Because life’s too short for bad carpet, we think you’ll dig these inspiring locations for the design, atmosphere, and oh yeah—also some pretty amazing food, products, services, and activities. You know the old saying: It’s what’s on the outside that counts. Enjoy! Written by stacy kendall, NICOLE MUNSON, and LINDSEY M. ROBERTS


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Hotel Modera: What was once a dated and drab motor lodge has been renovated into a clean-lined and modern hot spot in the trendy downtown area. Plan your visit in the summer and be prepared to spend your evenings chillaxing by the hotel’s glass-filled outdoor fire pits, or cozy up in winter amongst drool-worthy walnut paneling, carrara marble, and faux fur throws. 515 S.W. Clay St., Table of Contents: Perfectly minimal in all the right ways, Joseph Magliaro’s and Shu Hung’s Table of Contents is like walking into a carefully curated modern museum, where you can not only gawk and awe at ridiculously beautiful objects, clothing, and accessories, but buy them and take them to your own home sweet modern home. 3 N.W. Fourth Ave., Xico: Hidden behind a sleek black exterior, the interior of this much-

buzzed-about regional Mexican restaurant Xico (“chee-ko”)—a design collaboration between Portland’s Hammer and Hand and Scott Edwards Architecture—is light and bright with bold pops of green. Don’t forget to order a frozen concoction: margarita sales pay for full health insurance for Xico’s staff. 3715 S.E. Division St.,

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Hotel Modera

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Lan Su Chinese Garden: A veritable wonderland of botanical splendor tucked away in an entire city block of Chinatown, Lan Su Chinese Garden has hundreds of native plant species and forms, unusual and uncommon perennials and shrubs, and stunning traditional Chinese Pagodas with intricate woodwork. N.W. Third and Everett, Maven Collective: Rumor has it that the rest of the design-loving country is a wee bit jealous of the new Maven Collective. Created and styled by a trio of vintage vending connoisseurs, the collective features local handmade items alongside eclectic and unique housewares, clothing, and accessories. Part rustic with a dash of indie flare, it will make a treasurelover’s heart skip a beat. 7819 S.E. Stark St.

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A one-stop shop, design studio, and showroom in the city’s trendy Pearl District, Vanillawood, created by husband-and-wife team James and Kricken Yaker, is a full-service designbuild firm that aesthetic dreams are made of. The space features warm wood tones, sleek white surfaces, vivid geometric prints, and lush layers of rugs and textiles. Moving right in isn’t an option, so pack an extra suitcase to carry all your new goods. 1238 N.W. Glisan Street,


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W Seattle: Look closely at the W Seattle, and you’ll see that Portland’s Skylab Architecture took local inspiration seriously: wood-cut patterns in ceramic floor tiles, wallpaper depicting records by local bands, and concrete panels that reflect Portland’s Pendleton blankets abound. It’s a veritable time capsule to local culture. (See feature story in GRAY No. 4, 1112 Fourth Ave.,


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Mamnoon: An industrial feel, with exposed steel and brick, is

warmed up by the wood ceiling and multicolored pendants in the entry at a new Middle Eastern restaurant on Capitol Hill designed by Eric Cobb of E. Cobb Architects. Middle Eastern cultures were part of the farm-totable trend before other cultures even existed, so expect delicious food with ancient inspiration. 1508 Melrose Ave.,

[storefront]: An experiment by Olson Kundig Architects—to do something cool with an abandoned storefront in Pioneer Square—has turned into an ongoing rotating exhibition space. From a mushroom farm to a recordlistening store, one never knows what will turn up when you fall through the rabbit’s hole. 406 Occidental Ave. S., MOHAI: For the new Museum of History & Industry location in South Lake Union, LMN Architects adapted a building on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a collection with items only true locals can appreciate: the Rainier Beer red “R” sign, a 1919 Boeing plane that carried mail between Seattle and Victoria, and of course, Frasier’s living room. 860 Terry Ave. N., Curtis Steiner: Skip the usual souvenir shops and head to


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Curtis Steiner, where you’ll find jewelry, antiques, and curios in a light and airy storefront. The man behind the shop, Curtis Steiner himself, has exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and collects his wares like a good neo-Victorian. 5349 Ballard Ave. N.W.,

Q Nightclub: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an architecture, landscape, and interior design firm with an embarrassing amount of awards, recently designed something out of the box: what they call “a study in curved forms.” The 9,000-square-foot space manages to feel both futuristic and yet disco-retro. Can you dig it? 1426 Broadway Ave.,

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Part of Ethan Stowell’s stylish group of restaurants, Rione XIII is inspired by the Trastevere, the 13th district of Rome. Think fried artichokes, homemade mozzarella, and of course, oxtails, in a moody space with fantastic tubular pendants. Exposed brick with a painted advertisement left intact provides an appropriate sense of grittiness for a restaurant serving Roman street pizza. 401 15th Ave. E., ethanstowell GRAY ISSUE No. eight




Catch a local band performing at FanClub, one of the city’s newest and most promising music venues. The interior purposely borrows from the visual drama of the Big Easy, bringing up antiques from New Orleans to deck out the open space with refined flair. You won’t experience anything like it elsewhere in the city. 1050 Granville St.,

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Opus Vancouver: Located in the trendy, bustling Yaletown neigh18 Karat

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borhood, Opus Hotel was made for design lovers—in fact, GRAY stays here when it’s in town. Featuring five different “decor flavors” within its 96-room tower, the look is upscale, playful, vibrant, and detailed. 322 Davie St.,

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The Acorn: Interior designer FC Scott Cohen designed Vancouver’s first restaurant serving gourmet vegetarian cuisine with soft, geometric light fixtures that lend their warmth to crisp wood paneling. Take in the surroundings, and then feast your eyes on each plated presentation. 3995 Main St., Clough Club:

The interior of the Clough Club is cool and slightly quirky—like a fabulous private club. Designed by local restaurant designer Craig Stanghetta, the décor melds new and old seamlessly, and features commissioned art installations. It serves craft cocktails and South American Tapas, so come thirsty and hungry. 212 Abbott St.,

18 Karat: Lovers of fresh, earthy design will want to move right in

to Vancouver-based design company 18 Karat’s Granville St. retail space. The shop is bright, serene, and artfully merchandised with affordable, dapper designs—a retail experience that makes us do a happy dance. 3039 Granville St.,

Shaughnessy Neighborhood: Give in to house envy and

take a drive to see turn-of-the-century mansions built by Canadian Pacific Railway. (Garden lovers: Duck into the VanDusen Botanical Garden, too.) Check Vancouver’s Heritage Society for organized walking tours. 16th Ave. S. to 41st Ave., between W. Boulevard and Oak St.

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Le Marché St. George: A corner store with rustic décor with an old-world patina surrounds upscale food items and small housewares. The place is so delightful and inviting, you won’t want to leave. Le seriously. 4393 St. George St.,

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Forget who imitates whom, art and life go hand-in-hand with the Post Riot Board Rug from

2nd Century Rug Co. This bold piece takes a cue from raucous day in Vancouver, B.C., history—the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, which broke out in downtown Vancouver after the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks, bringing them to a Stanley Cup victory. Revelers broke windows, burned cars, and looted stores. The next day, though, more than 11,000 peaceful citizens turned out with brooms, ready to help put the city back in order, and many wrote encouraging messages on the boards covering smashed windows. In partnership with the Museum of Vancouver, 2nd Century Rug Co. has created a line of hand-woven rugs inspired by pieces from the museum, including this vibrant pedestrian-scrawled, post-riot piece. Love Wins.



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In the living room, brown Miller Paint sets a chocolatey-warm background reading or conversation before a fire. Two bookcases by Paul Cadovius for Look Modern house objects, which the couple collect from travels and scouting adventures. The bear skulls in the coffee table, however, are from Kelly’s dad.


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OPPOSITE: A large set of water buffalo horns from antique store Bernadette Breu dominates a fireplace mantel covered in vintage vases. BOTTOM LEFT: A second eating area is an open, airy place for a crowd to dine, with a farm table and silver Emeco Navy side chairs from Design Within Reach. Lanterns plus an opaque ceiling pendant from School House Electric & Supply provide ambience at night. BOTTOM RIGHT: Even the hallway gets its own collection, with a group of antlers from a Wisconsin farm.


elly Tweeden likens her home’s unique style to “a dirty snowball.” As her husband Michael Shea explains,

“life rolls by and we pick stuff up along the way.” But as life has rolled by for the couple and their son, it’s clear they haven’t just picked up just any old things.

Put your nose up to the glass and you’ll see a Milo Baughman glass table, a Richard Neutra chair, wooden tables made of antique wood, and vintage taxidermy that, altogether, give the whole thing a kind of glamorous, natural-history-museum feel. One has the sense that the James Smithson of the Smithsonian would feel right at home.


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Since Kelly and Michael are compulsive collectors and decorators at heart, when they bought their Portland home in 2005, all they needed an architect to do was clean up and open up the structure of the house for modern living and for a sort of live-in exhibition space for all of their finds. (Even the home itself was worth collecting: it’s known in Portland as

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the Ivancie House, after ‘80s Mayor Frank Ivancie. Emerick Architects in Portland handled the remodel, changing the orientation of the 1915 house from inward to outward, in order to bring in the the view of their lot, which is one of the largest in the neighborhood. “What I loved about them and what was so fun was that they definitely wanted to have the bones of it be true to the house,” Melody Emerick says. “They wanted to be respectful of that, but they knew then that they could have a lot of fun with the furnishings and


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the interiors. We got to help create a house and a flow and I then have complete respect for what they did.” Emerick and her team changed up the kitchen, the porches, and added two major extensions. Now, she says, “you walk in and you know that it’s new and different, but it doesn’t feel foreign to the DNA of the house. There’s a lot more windows, a lot more openings.” Kelly and Michael then went to work, picking out the trippy wallpaper in the formal dining room, the chartreuse

OPPOSITE: A new bumpout bounces light around a chartreuse family room off the kitchen. A driftwood lamp from Hawthorne Vintage and raw-edged coffee table recall the view from the room, which is of Michael and Kelly’s large yard. THIS PAGE: For even more animal whimsy, a white rhino from Look Modern hides under an Eero Saarinen side table. The couple make a lot of their own art, including the canvas with panoramas on the wall next to the table.

paint in the living room, and arranging their eclectic objects. But how did they even arrive at the kind of taste that would put a grouping of antlers from a farm in Wisconsin on a hallway wall? Michael says that when he and Kelly met, he liked midcentury pieces and quirky stuff, while Kelly liked classic pieces and vintage objects. “When we got married, we had to combine everything, and we both evolved after a ton of garage sales,” he says. “It’s been a really fun journey for us, and we always seem to complement each other in how we

see things and put them together. It’s always a collaboration.” What Kelly and Michael now love most about their collection in their collector’s home, Michael says, “is that it’s a great canvas to surround ourselves in what I would call ‘our life journal.’ Most of the things in it have a story; where we were, how we found it, what we were doing at that time of our lives. … At the end of the day, our home is our most personal design project, and thankfully it never stops.”

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Kelly Deck Designs takes a dated house in West Vancouver and turns it into a stunning and serene second home for a family based in a busy Asian city. Written by RACHEL GALLAHER : Photographed by BARRY CALHOUN


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In the living room of this B.C. home, designer Kelly Deck used a light gray paint that appears in different tones as the natural daylight changes. A work by local artist Andre Petterson hangs above the Caesarstone fireplace, adding a playful touch to the room. A large custom sofa from Kelly Deck Design provides the family with plenty of space to hang out in their down time.


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ike any country with a large and dense population, the sights and sounds of China can be both exciting and overwhelming.

So it’s no wonder that when a Hong Kong–based family came to interior designer Kelly Deck for their second home near beautiful Lion’s Bay, just north of Vancouver, B.C., they requested a clean,

contemporary style. A serene counterpoint to Hong Kong was the need of the hour. According to Deck, who owns Kelly Deck Design in Vancouver, the home the family wished to renovate had been built very poorly in the ‘80s: the layout was full of odd angles and closed-off rooms in the main living area, and it had lots of dated carpet and oak millwork. In order to achieve the look that the clients wanted, Deck and her team had to do a


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complete overhaul of the house. They reconfigured the kitchen to accommodate a new quartz countertop island with a waterfall edge, and added stainless steel appliances to achieve an industrial look. Originally, the range was inconveniently located in the corner of the kitchen, so Deck opted to integrate it in the island, allowing the clients to cook while still chatting with their children or enjoying views of Lion’s Bay. Before renovation, a fireplace divided the living and dining

Clockwise from above: The clients wanted a kitchen that felt architectural, so Deck and her team used stainless steel appliances and clean lines for a no-fuss space. White Babar by Arper stools add a touch of mod. THIS PAGE: With two teenage daughters in the home, everyone needs their space. Next to their downstairs rooms the girls have a space for hanging out, complete with a sleeper sofa by Bensen and funky Lumina Carpet by I+I.

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The simple entryway acts as a background for the stunning hanging art piece and a wall of travertine tile adds subtle texture and depth. BELOW: The master suite has a panoramic view of the bay, and the dark-stained oak floor anchors the neutral color palette. OPPOSITE: The David Burdeny piece above the custom bed adds a pop of color to the room and Ligne Roset Hyannis Port side tables provide are a minimal addition—the perfect place to set the Metalarte Josephine Mini lamp.


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rooms, making the two areas feel disconnected. Since the clients enjoy spending time together as a family, the design team decided to take out the dividing fireplace and create an open space that included a new in-wall fireplace, a dining table with easy kitchen access, and large windows that provide an abundance of natural light. After the renovation, neutral colors—whites, creams and beiges—were used to further the tranquil vibe throughout the home, balancing out the dark woodwork in almost every room. “The clients wanted a dark wood floor,” Deck says. “At the time, they didn’t have small kids so they wanted something that was sophisticated and the dark wood helps ground the entire interior.” The master suite, which includes a spa-inspired bathroom and a back office, continues the light-and-dark color scheme, with a custom Maharam wool fabric bed frame anchoring


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the room. One request from the clients was that local art be included in the project, so a piece by Vancouver artist David Burdeny hangs above the bed. (Deck admits that she liked the piece so much she bought the same one for herself.) One of the challenges of starting a project with an older home is figuring out how to work around the things you can’t change. For Deck and her team, the spiral staircase in the entryway felt awkward, so they opted to make it less conspicuous and more modern by surrounding it with glass and hanging an ocean-inspired piece designed by KDD down the spiral. A similar piece hangs above the dining table, a tiny nod to the stunning bay outside. “It was really rewarding crossing the finish line with this project,” Deck says. “It was a year-long renovation and the transformation was just so radical, but it was all worth it in the end—everyone was happy with the results.”

In a small space behind the bedroom Deck was able to create a home office. Dark casework mirrors the floor and provides space for storage, while the MDF Italia desk—the perfect marriage of form and function— sits under an unobtrusive Maxilite MX2370 light fixture. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: In the master bath, all fixtures are Starlight chrome finish from Hansgrohe & Grohe; Oatmeal-colored walls help fulfill the homeowners’ request for a spa-like atmosphere; the large Kohler Undercore Soaker Tub is the perfect place to unwind after a long day.

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Marie Khouri Written by LINDSEY M. ROBERTS

fTEr 12 yEArS of rUNNING A fINANCIAl SofTwArE CoMPANy wITh hEr hUSbAND, Marie Khouri switched from a left-brain career to

a right one: sculpting. The Egyptian-born, Paris-based woman took sculpting classes at L’Ecole

du Louvre after the company was sold in 2002 and soon watched her new hobby grow to where she was showing her work in Parisian galleries. But it’s when her family moved to Vancouver in 2006, Khouri says, that her work took a big turn. She got the privilege of being able to use the facilities at Catilano University, where artists helped her make bigger art, up to 15 feet tall. Organizations started hiring her to do installations, such as “Le Banc” (“the bench”) outside of the Olympic Station for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. And in May of last year, she put her first piece into production: the deeply curvy PL Planters, helping her win Western Living Magazine’s 2012 fashion award and industrial design award. All of her pieces, including jewelry, satchels, wine racks, and candelabras, have a similar hand-shaped, curvilinear appearance to them. “I do my forms and that’s what I do,” Khouri says. “I don’t know how to do anything else.” The architect Rem Koolhaas once hypothesized that designers of Middle Eastern backgrounds gravitate toward curves because of the swooping letters of the Arabic alphabet. Five-language polyglot Khouri agrees. In fact, she’s working on a bench that incorporates Arabic letters—as well as major public installations in Hong Kong, Vancouver, and for the 2014 Venice Biennale. And it all started on a whim during a sabbatical. “I think that it is a gift of life that I discovered this 17 years ago and am able to look forward to going to work each morning,” Khouri says.

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Just like making fine art, creating the perfect vodka takes great skill. And just like

creating the perfect vodka, building the space to house the stills that make the vodka is a craft of its own. Lucky for Ian McNeil, owner and founder of Seattle’s Glass Distillery, he knew someone with the talent and vision to tackle the job. McNeil met his architect, Kate Cudney—founder of Hinge Studio Architecture and Design—through the SIFF Film Center Project. And when he started talking about wanting to open a vodka distillery, Cudney was intrigued with the project. When he asked her to be the architect, she was thrilled. “Once he found his building and we took a look at it we were both amazed,” she says, “It was built in the ‘20s and it was one of the first reinforced-concrete buildings in the city,


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so it’s an interesting structure, but it’s got great textures, it’s very elemental.” According to Cudney, they found the distillery space abandoned and in complete disrepair—more than 100 pigeons had roosted in the space. After gutting the building, they decided to stick with a simple palette based off the existing concrete and firebrick tiles on the floors and walls. The space, which is long and narrow, is divided up into two sections: the classy tasting room in front, and the impressive copper stills and test kitchen in the back. The door separating the two spaces was originally in the front of the building. “The Hungarian- and German-made stills are the heart of this place,” Cudney admits. “We tried to keep everything else simple and industrial because we didn’t want anything to steal their thunder.”

OPPOSITE: The large copper stills shine brightly against the industrial concrete and original firebrick wall; A ship’s ladder reflects the building’s vintage industrial vibe while providing owner Ian McNeil access to his office—a platform above the tasting room. Cudney jokes that they call the test kitchen “the laboratory” because it’s where McNeil works with his product and crafts cocktails. THIS PAGE: The chic alcohol bottles exude the chic sophistication of Glass Distillery. Glass Vodka is unique because it is made from a white wine blend sourced from Washington State winemakers.

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Robert Lancaster of Seattle’s Lancaster Design Group has designed interiors for 30 years for all types of aircraft: commercial, private, government-owned. And for each, he says the best part was getting to know his clients. But it’s when Lancaster didn’t have a physical jet or a specific person in mind that he got to try something out of the box. Boeing Business Jets approached him to do conceptual design studies for a hypothetical 787 in order to help it market to potential customers. Since he’s a man drawn to traditional forms and style, the wow element for this concept was a classy skylight. “It was kind of pushing the envelope for a make-believe client, but everything that’s in there is technically possible,” he says. Materials specified are natural, and everything is designed to transcend trends, as planes have a long life span. Lancaster has almost always been in the plane business. His father was an aeronautical engineer, and a few years after design school, he began work for a firm that consulted for Boeing. He then designed for many different clients, including the Chilean government, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Ford Motor Corp., Aramco, and Air Force One—until 2005, when he started his own firm. Currently, he mainly does work for heads of states and corporations. While many imagine gold-plated interiors and hot tubs on VIP jets, Lancaster says that what clients really want is a space that feels much more like a normal home, much like what he designed for Boeing’s potential client.

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CB2 (pg 33) 1277 Robson St. Vancouver, B.C. V6E 1C4 (604) 669-9797 Caesarstone (pg 33, 66) Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 329-1654 Christopher Farr Fabric (pg 38) available through The Dixon Group 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. 162 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 767-4454 Chown Hardware (pg 31) 333 N.W. 16th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (800) 452-7634 and 12001 N.E. 12th St. Bellevue, WA 98005 (800) 574-4312 Coates Design Architects (pg 12) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 780-0876 Colourfield (pg 20) Clough Club (pg 47) 212 Abbott St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1B2 (604) 588-1581 Cupcake Royale (pg 53) Seattle and Bellevue locations (206) 883-7656 Curtis Steiner (pg 44) 5349 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 297-7116 David Burdeny (pg 66) Demetriou Architects (pg 12) Kirkland, WA (425) 827-1700 Design Stage (pg 55) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 Design Within Reach (pg 58, 82) Portland and Seattle locations Duncan McRoberts Associates (pg 12) Kirkland, WA (425) 889-6440 E. Cobb Architects (pg 44) Seattle, WA (206) 267-0136

Emerick Architects (cover, 58) Portland, OR (503) 234-9400 Endall Elliot Associates (pg 20) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 687-3008 Esque Studio (pg 30) Portland, OR (503) 289-6392 Fan Club (pg 46) 1050 Granville St. Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1L5 (604) 689-7720 The Fashion Group International of Seattle, Inc. (pg 39) Ferguson (pg 82) Oregon and Washington locations The Fixture Gallery (back cover) Idaho, Oregon, and Washington locations GAYA (pg 56) Richmond, B.C. (604) 821-0907 Glass Distillery Tasting Room (pg 76) 1712 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98124 (206) 686-7210 A Good Chick to Know (pg 33) Vancouver, B.C. (778) 228-9222 Gritty Jewelry (pg 54) Hansgrohe (pg 66) available through Chown Hardware and The Fixture Gallery Hawthorne Vintage (pg 58) 4722 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215 (503) 230-2620 The Hawksworth (pg 20) 801 W. Georgia St. Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3L2 (604) 673-7000 Help (pg 50) Heritage Vancouver Society (pg 47) (604) 254-9411 Hinge Studio Architecture + Design (76) Seattle, WA (206) 948-9850

Hip (pg 38, 41) 1829 N.W. 25th Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 225-5017


| + | (pg 66) available through Living Space

Hive Modern (pg 38) 820 N.W. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 242-1967 Home Idol Building Supplies Inc. (pg 33) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 638-9638 Hotel Modera (pg 42) 515 S.W. Clay St. Portland, OR 97201 (877) 484-1084 IKEA (pg 19, 33) Industry (pg 81) Portland, OR (503) 395-7538 Inform Interiors (pg 29) 300 Dexter Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 622-1608 Jawbone (pg 30) Jennifer West (pg 28) 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 405-4500 KASA Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 334-2521 Kelie Grosso (pg 38) Maison Luxe Seattle, WA (206) 405-2828 Kelly Deck Design (pg 66) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 877-0323 Kohler (pg 66) Lan Su Chinese Garden (pg 42) 239 N.W. Everett St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 228-8131 Lancaster Design Group (pg 78) Seattle, WA (206) 286-9202 Lapchi (pg 8) available through Atelier Lapchi 809 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 719-6589 and Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets 1002 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 292-1115 and Salari Fine Carpet Collections 2033 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6M 1Y7 (604) 261-3555

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LASVIT (pg 20) Leatrice Eiseman (pg 38) Seattle, WA Le Marché St. George (pg 47) 4393 St. George St. Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2N2 (604) 565-5107 Ligne Roset (pg 30, 66) 112 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 341-9990 Lincoln Barbour (pg 57) Portland, OR (503) 467-9470 Living Space (pg 48, 66) 1706 W. First Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 0E4 (604) 683-1116 Loewen Windows (pg 15) available through Sound Glass 5501 75th St. W. Tacoma, WA 98499 (253) 473-7477 and Windows, Doors & More 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 Look Modern (pg 58) 800 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 232-5770 Louis Vuitton (pg 50) 416 University St. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 749-0711 LMN Architects (pg 44) Seattle, WA (206) 682-3460 Maison Inc (pg 51) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151 Mamnoon (pg 44) 1508 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 906-9606 Marie Khouri (pg 74) Vancouver, B.C. Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (pg 9) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999 Maven Collective (pg 42) 2819 S.E. Stark St. Portland, OR 97215 (503) 808-9442 Maxilite (pg 66) available through Robinson Lighting & Bath 2285 Cambie St. Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 2T5 (604) 879-2494


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MDF Italia (pg 66) available through Living Space and Inform Interiors Metalarte (pg 66) available through LightForm 1060 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2W9 (604) 688-7022 Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, Inc. (pg 20) Delta, B.C. (604) 395-2000 Miller Paint (pg 58) Washington, Idaho, and Oregon locations Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (Inside front cover-3) 1106 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000 Modern Home Tours (pg 18, 75) Munge Leung (pg 20) Toronto, ON (416) 588-1688 Museum of History & Industry (pg 44) 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 324-1126 Museum of Vancouver (pg 47, 52) 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3J9 (604) 736-4431 Olson Kundig Architects (pg 44) Seattle, WA (206) 624-5670 Opus Hotel (pg 47, 49) 322 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5Z6 (604) 642-6787 Örling & Wu (pg 30) 28 Water St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1A4 (604) 568-6718 Osborne & Little (pg 33) available through AnneStarr #100-611 Alexander St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1E1 (604) 254-3336 Pendleton (pg 44) Portland, OR Pekoe (pg 32) available through EQ3 2301 Granville St. Vancouver, B.C. V6H 34G (604) 681-5155 Powell’s Books (pg 50) 1005 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 228-4651 Prentiss Architects (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 283-9930

Q Nightclub (pg 44) 1426 Broadway Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 ReFind Home Furnishings (pg 33) 1849 Main St. Vancouver, B.C. V5T 1B5 (778) 855-0969 The Rennie Collection at Wing Sang (pg 47) 51 E. Pender St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1S9 (604) 682-2088 Rione XIII (pg 45) 401 15th Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 838-2878 Room6 (pg 50) 4389 Gallant Ave Vancouver, B.C. V7G 1L1 (778) 340-0400 Room & Board (pg 11, 38) 2675 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 336-4676 Scot Eckley Inc (pg 55) Seattle, WA (206) 526-1926 Scott Cohen Design (pg 47) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 833-9999 Scott Construction Group (pg 20) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 874-8228 Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. (pg 58) 2181 Nicolai St. Portland, OR 97210 (503) 230-7113 Scout Seattle (pg 48) 514 28th Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 925-3805 Shop Wrong (pg 33) 1192 E. Hastings St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1S2 (604) 251-1100 SieMatic Seattle (pg 32) 2030 First Ave., Ste. 110 Seattle, WA 98121 Skylab Architecture (pg 44) Space Lab (pg 33) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 875-0450 Stock & Hill Landscapes, Inc. (pg 51) Seattle, WA (425) 334-8336 [storefront] (pg 44) 406 Occidental Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Style Garage (pg 82) 124 W. Hastings St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1G8 (604) 558-4343 Table of Contents (pg 40, 42) 33 N.W. Fourth Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 206-5630 Terris Draheim (pg 17) 5600 Sixth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-4100 Tewes Design (pg 38) Seattle, WA (917) 373-7094 Thomas Jacobson Construction, Inc. (pg 4-5) Seattle, WA (206) 720-1800 Tour of Architects (pg 18) Tumi (pg 48) VanDusen Botanical Garden (pg 47) 5251 Oak St. Vancouver, B.C. V6M 4H1 (604) 257-8665 Vanillawood (pg 43) 1238 N.W. Glisan Portland, OR 97209 (503) 327-8065 West Elm (pg 38) Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver locations Weststar Restoration & Contracting Ltd (pg 33) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 324-0359 W Seattle (pg 44) 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 264-6000 Will Leather Goods (pg 50) Eugene, OR (877) 467-0436 Windows, Doors & More (pg 19, inside back cover) 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 Woonwinkel (pg 30, 82) 935 S.W. Washington St. Portland, OR 97205 (503) 334-2088 Y’a Pas le Feu au Lac (pg 30) Available at Woonwinkel Xico (pg 42) 3715 S.E. Division St. Portland, OR 97202 (503) 548-6343 Z Gallerie (pg 38) Oregon and Washington locations


“For us, it’s all about defining what’s next— what’s relevant and meaningful for our customers and their consumers. —Oved Valadez, industry.


elcome to the new Industrial Age, a time that requires a new way of thinking and designing. And so we need Portland’s INDUSTRY, a diverse team of 10 innovative thinkers focused on new opportunities for organizations and helping them to answer the question: What’s next in design? INDUSTRY has coined its approach as “adaptive innovation,” which uses time as the driver, not the process, to design industrial products, brands, in-store design, software, and more. “Industry was created to rethink the multidisciplinary design consultancy,” says founding partner Oved Valadez. “For us, it’s all about defining what’s next—what’s relevant and meaningful for our customers and their consumers.

Our ideal projects are those where we get to define categorybusting designs, and get to affect all touchpoints: brand, consumer, design, messaging, packaging, etc.” Founded in 2011, the firm’s vast range in experience and specialties have allowed it to work with notable brands such as Nike, electronics and technology companies TDK, Imation, and SkullCandy, and messenger bag company Chrome. For its work with TDK, the staff was charged with creating six products for its 2012 Collection of wireless boom boxes. And for Chrome Industries, they built an interactive app for the customer’s in-store shopping experience. INDUSTRY’s holistic design capability gives it the agility that it needs to jump from project to project.


Written by brooke burris

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The alignment of the planets can’t phase the design sense of the inventive Aquarius and imaginative Pisces. If the design world was on a string, then it would be wrapped around the creative fingers of these two clever star signs. Written by NIcOLE MuNSON

Aquarius witty, clever, humanitarian Jan. 20–Feb. 18


compassionate, adaptable, accepting Feb. 19–Mar. 20

From top: Ekko Standing Circles Mobile, $295 at Design Within Reach, Seattle, ❈ Kaliedo Trays $222 at Woonwinkel, Portland, ❈ Inki I Cusion, $39 at BoConcept, Seattle, ❈ Atelier 6-light pendant, $1185 at Ferguson, Portland, ❈ Carvan-Pacific Alberta Lamp, at Style Garage, Vanvouver, B.C., Athens Lounge Chair, $000 at Baker, Seattle,


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Creative insights for your home.

Windows, Doors & More features the Northwest’s most comprehensive display of window and door products. Our extensive showroom gives builders, architects and homeowners a hands-on opportunity to experience quality products from more than 20 manufacturers. Since 1993, Windows, Doors & More has been the local source for quality windows and doors, including installation and field service follow-ups. We are committed to exceptional service, expert consultation and competitive pricing.


THE LOEWEN WINDOW CENTER OF SEATTLE 5961 Corson Avenue South, #100, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.782.1011 |

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Burlington Showroom 1000 Fountain Street Burlington, WA 98233 (360) 757-7619

Pacific Showroom 703 Valentine Ave. S.E. Pacific, WA 98047 (253) 299-7156

Salem 2710 Pringle Rd. S.E. #110 Salem, OR 97302 (503) 779-2882

Tigard 7337 S.W. Kable Lane Tigard, OR 97224 (503) 620-7050

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The DESIGN MAGAZINE for the Pacific Northwest. GRAY spotlights the most exciting and innovative design coming out of Washington, Oregon, and...

GRAY No. 8  

The DESIGN MAGAZINE for the Pacific Northwest. GRAY spotlights the most exciting and innovative design coming out of Washington, Oregon, and...